In Apartment Monologue we see an abandoned, darkened apartment that tells the viewer of it´s forensic fate by means of it´s furnishings. We hear an offscreen voice- it´s the apartment itself speaking. It talks about about the end of a relationship between a man and a woman, between teacher and student. A missing subject, stored in the left behind objects, is replaced by the scene of the apartment, whose voice turns to us like an intercom from a bodiless future.
The identity of the speaking apartment seems threatened as well, almost at the end of it´s cycle it is soon to be replaced by the coming digital services industry of the near future. Protective spaces are changing. We experience that change not as a liberation but as a border shift, diffusing the areas of public and private space. This poses the question where the mechanisms of control, the concentration of social power and privacy itself are situated today. Regardless of the technological changes, crises and anxieties will remain, because they are human.
Text by Jan Wagner, Director of the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf
FORMAT - 16:9 8K HDR REC. 2020
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